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Police Restricts Movement As Nigeria Votes On March 28, April 11

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BEVERLY HILLS, March 24, (THEWILL) – The police in Nigeria Tuesday issued a directive restricting vehicular movements nationwide on March 28 and April 11, when the delayed general elections are scheduled to hold.

The police force in a statement from its Abuja headquarters said the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Suleiman Abba, gave the directive “As part of efforts to ensure adequate security” during the elections.

“The restriction on vehicular movements as follows: Saturday 28th March 2015, 8.00am – 5.00pm only and Saturday 11th April 2015, 8.00am – 5.00pm only,” the statement said.

The statement further said; “This total restriction of movements order applies to all, except for Ambulances, Fire service trucks and others on essential duties. Consequently, travellers and citizens who intend to use roads on these days and hours are advised to plan alternative times for their travelling.

“While expressing his regrets over the inconveniences that road users and the general public may encounter as a result of this restriction, the IGP appeals for the understanding and cooperation of the entire citizenry, as the restriction is done in the nation's interest.

“The IGP assures that adequate security logistics and manpower have been strategically deployed to achieve a most conducive electioneering atmosphere. In this regard, Policemen for election duty have been properly trained, briefed and sensitized on their roles as stipulated in the Electoral Act. They are expected to be professional, non-partisan, civil but firm in their approach and relation to the public.

“Meanwhile, citizens are enjoined to remain vigilant and report all suspicious movements or dealings to appropriate Police authority.”